Customising Endnote citations

Sometimes you need the Endnote citation to look different to what comes up automatically. I have already discussed (in this previous post) how to change (Smith, 2001) to Smith (2001) so that you can put the author’s name in a sentence like this:
Smith (2001) found that 6 of 8 dogs treated with…..”

But what if you want to write a sentence like this?
There have been many published reviews of this issue (for example Smith, 2001).”

If you just insert the citation as you normally would you get this, which has too many brackets.


So instead you can format the Endnote citation to have a prefix. Start by inserting the citation the regular way, without putting it in brackets or writing “for example”. Then select the citation and, on the Endnote ribbon, go to Citations > Edit and Manage Citation(s).


The Edit and Manage Citations pane will open. Type “for example ” in the prefix section. Don’t forget the space after “example”. Then press ok.


Now your citation will be changed to look like this (except not purple!).


You can use the same text to add any words before or after the citation that will appear within the brackets along with the reference. Have a play and you will see how easy it is to get it just right.


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